HOW TO ANSWER THE INTERVIEW QUESTION: “TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF”

What’s on this week?I created a new career guide to help you find work in Germany. Do you put your photo on your CV? Sophia and Noah are Germany’s most popular baby names. You can access the internet when you travel on Berlin’s U-Bahn.

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⭐ I took Friday off to enjoy an extra long weekend. It was a very chilled-out affair. Hope you all had a good one! ☀️

⭐ New on The Berlin Life – I created a career guide for job seekers – How to Answer the Interview Question: “Tell Me About Yourself.“

⭐ Your support on social media would mean a lot and help us out. Find us on LinkedInFacebook, and Instagram.

⭐ You can also support us by buying some of our branded gear. We have mugs, tote bags, and t-shirts. See our shop! 💛

General Community News

🤝 News from our community.

⭐ I also redesigned our events page. We’re partnering with SPICED Academy for a fun (and FREE) event on Thursday, May 30. Come out for an evening of talks, including a short keynote by me, where we’ll discuss working in Berlin and tips for finding a job. There will be drinks and food as well. Join us! 🍕

⭐ Get caught up and read last week’s newsletter: A Roundup of Germany’s Fastest Growing Startups. And if you’re new here, check our (newly designed) archives!

⭐ In last week’s poll, we asked readers: What’s your go-to site to search for jobs in Germany? 53% say they use LinkedIn, only 3% use Xing, 13% use Indeed, 17% like The Local, and 13% report using another site. What other sites are you using? Reply to this email or leave a comment below the post.

Participate in this week’s poll – I’ve asked this question before, but I am interested to see if the results have changed over time. Be sure to read our guide about CV photos, too.

Food For Thought

💡 Interesting articles about the world of work and other random things.

Meet Europe’s fintech soonicorns – Four German companies made it on the list. Again, this is another hint about where to look for work. 😉

⭐ The Berlin Tech Worker’s Coalition has a lot of interesting events coming up. Check out their calendar. For example, they need people to picket at the upcoming AWS Summit.

⭐ Match Talent also offers regular events where you learn about finding work in Germany or how to get paid to go back to school. See their calendar.

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Companies Hiring 

🇩🇪 German companies that are hiring right now. 

Trivago | Düsseldorf

Grammarly | Berlin and remote

Glooko | Germany

mgm technology partners | Germany

Bettermile | Berlin

Moss | Berlin

German startups that recently received funding.

Insempra | Munich | Jobs

veryone energy | Berlin | Jobs

Follow our LinkedIn page for even more job postings (and other good stuff). 💪​​

News in Germany

🗞️ All of the news in Germany.

⭐ Germany’s most visited castles and palaces – If you ever asked me growing up if I’d end up living in a country full of castles, I’d never believe you. This great guide from DW can inspire you to travel around Germany this summer.

⭐ Hamburg’s Miniatur Wunderland adds mini Monaco – Visitors to Germany’s cutest miniature museum can now see a little tiny Monaco.

⭐ REVEALED: The baby names gaining popularity in Germany – Say “Hallo” to all the new baby Sophias and Noahs. 👶

⭐ Former Mayor Franziska Giffey attacked in Berlin library – In an alarming trend that needs to stop, many politicians in Germany have been getting physically assaulted.

⭐ High-speed internet now available in Berlin U-Bahn tunnels – File this one under miracles! You can access the internet on your phone when traveling on the U-Bahn now.

⭐ EXPLAINED: Why Germans get wholly wasted on Ascension Day – The explanation you never knew you needed about why there were so many drunk Germans last Thursday.

⭐ Bundestag proposal calls for 4,90 euro Döner price cap – Some of our government officials want to place a price cap on the cost of a Döner. 🥙

⭐ Bill Gates flies to Berlin to discuss Germany’s climate tech future – Mr. Gates was recently in town to meet with German business people and politicians to talk about how they can fund climate tech. A one-billion fund may soon be available!

⭐ Germany’s Student of the Year 2024 is from Cameroon – Contimi Kenfack Mouafo, an electrical engineering student, is doing cool things in the green energy field. He could certainly benefit from the aforementioned fund!

⭐ Germans fear migration more than climate change, study finds – Some depressing results, to say the least. The feelings are strongest in Germany, but the numbers are supported across the rest of Europe, too.

⭐ Germany: Study shows correlation between racism and poverty – “Black, Muslim and Asian people in Germany are more at risk of poverty, according to a survey. Even a good education does not make a major difference.”

⭐ Ocelot bookstore: “Come in and be surprised!” – Visit for the coffee and their large stock of English-language books. 📚

⭐ A guide to navigating customs regulations when moving to Germany – Good information to know if you plan on shipping your belongings when you move to Germany.

⭐ Germany: Berlin offers up Goebbels’ villa for free – Hopefully, the place will simply be destroyed.

⭐ Spargeldöner fever: Berlin restaurant introduces Döner kebabs with asparagus – It sounds really weird, but I want to try this. How about you?

⭐ What is German ‘Leitkultur’ and why is it controversial? DW provides insight into the term “Leitkultur” in the context of Germany’s history, as well as the present day.

⭐ Talking trash: Cleaning up the city with Team Orange – A day in the life of the BSR, the people who help keep Berlin clean. 🗑️

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Cheryl Howard, Founder @ The Berlin Life

Cheryl Howard, Founder @ The Berlin Life

Hi, I’m Cheryl. My mission is to help you move to Berlin and find work.

A Canadian in Berlin for 10+ years, I have the unique experience of moving to Berlin – not once, but twice. During my time in Berlin, I’ve had five different visas and worked as both a freelancer and a permanent employee for numerous Berlin companies. I even managed to find a new job during the pandemic and again in 2023, during Germany’s recession and massive layoffs in tech. 

My day job has involved work as a hiring manager, overseeing the recruitment of countless people, as well as a team coach helping teams and individuals work better and find happiness in their careers. Through my side projects, I’ve also shared my personal experiences by publishing a series of helpful blog posts, creating a thriving community of job seekers, and hosting events to help people find work in Berlin. In 2021, I decided to put my coaching and recruiting talents to use by creating The Berlin Life, bringing my existing content and community together in one spot.

The combination of my personal and professional experience means I know exactly what it takes to move to Berlin and find work.